Green Left Weekly's fighting fund: Is that the truth or did you see it on Fox?

January 30, 2010

You've got to love Fox News. It's like the saying on the t-shirt: "Is that the truth or did you see it on Fox"?

While the world's people were horrified at the devastation in Haiti, Fox News was using the situation to score cheap political points against socialist Cuba.

As Green Left Weekly reported last week: "On January 13, Rupert Murdoch's US network Fox News claimed that while the US 'was leading [the] international relief effort in Haiti', Cuba was 'conspicuously absent from the roster of helping hands'."

But as GLW explained: "The opposite is the case. At the time the earthquake struck, Cuba already had 344 doctors and paramedics working in Haiti. Also, in the past 12 years, 450 young Haitians have graduated as doctors from Cuban colleges, free of charge. From January 13, more teams of Cuban health workers, accompanied by Haitian medical students studying in Cuba, began arriving in Haiti with medical supplies."
Maybe Fox just missed Fidel Castro's media release?

Not so.

A January 25 article on said: "Fox doesn't appear to have corrected the error. As of press time, the network had not responded to Raw Story's repeated requests for comment".

Dave Lindorff, writing on Counterpunch, explained the real reason. "It's just that telling Americans about the good works of a poor and unashamedly Communist nation is not a story that the American corporate media want to tell."

Well, we at GLW promise to keep struggling for the truth to get out. One of the biggest obstacles we face is the corporate media lie-machine. But given the huge reach and resources of "news" outlets such as Foxn News, it's a very uneven playing field.

But with your help, we can continue exposing the lies of the corporate media.

We can continue explaining the brutal exploitation of colonialism in countries like Haiti. And we can continue reporting on the heroic and selfless actions of Cuban medics all around the world.

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